My Charleston Weekend: July 12-18

File/Francois Mori/AP While the local Bastille Day celebration might not be as over the top as the one in Paris, it's still likely to be fun as the event includes can-can girls, a costume party, cocktail specials and more.

Bastille Day

What If? Productions and Fish restaurant are teaming up to offer a little bit of France in Charleston on Saturday. This fourth annual celebration will feature can-can girls, a French chanteuse, costume party, cocktail specials, burlesque and more. And rumor has it that Marie Antoinette will make an appearance, as well as, what else, cake. The kickoff will be at 6:30 p.m. in Marion Square. Attendees are encouraged to “dress as a French peasant, warrior or other iconic character” for the march up King Street to storm Fish, 442 King St. Call 722-3474 or go to fish

Liberte a la Plage

The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms, is hosting a Bastille Day dance party starting at 8 p.m. Saturday. Featuring Dubtribe Sound System, the group will be playing its first concert in S.C. as it gears up for its first studio release in nearly a decade. Entertainment also will be provided by the Wayang Modern Puppet Show Theater and Home Spun Hoops. Tickets are $14 in advance, $20 at the door. Go to

Girls Rock Charleston Showcase

Joan Jett said it best: “I love rock ’n’ roll.” And these girls are following in her footsteps and ready to take the stage. Marking the end of the Girls Rock Charleston summer camp session, this showcase at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., will feature never-before-heard songs written and performed by 17 bands. Performing 2-4 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.) Saturday, tickets are $10; kids 12 and under get in free. Call 819-7671 or visit girlsrock

Shaggin’ on the Cooper

Spend an evening enjoying beach music and shag dancing at the foot of the scenic Mount Pleasant Pier, 71 Harry Hallman Blvd. On Saturday, Charleston County Park and Recreation’s series continues with a performance by Port Authority. From 7-11 p.m., party to live classic oldies and beach music. Beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets are $10, $8 with a CCR discount. Only 800 tickets will be sold, so advance purchase is recommended. Go to or call 795-4386.

Sarah Jarosz

This one-woman string band — she plays mandolin, octave mandolin, clawhammer banjo and guitar — is bringing her show to Charleston. Still in college, this acoustic artist already has a Grammy nomination under her belt and has performed at Bonnaroo and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and on “Austin City Limits” and “A Prairie Home Companion.” On Saturday, she’ll perform at The Hippodrome, 360 Concord St. The show begins at 8 p.m., and Entropy Ensemble will open. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Go to

Princess Party

What girl doesn’t want to be a princess for a day? Well here’s your chance. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St., is inviting little ones to come dressed as their favorite princess and have a royal day at the museum 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday. Have a picture taken with Cinderella, create a tiara, decorate Cinderella’s slipper, make an enchanted mirror and enjoy a cupcake. Parents can take their little princesses to see the latest exhibit on dresses. Admission is $10, $8 for museum members, and includes one adult and museum admission. Reservations are required, so call 722-2996, ext. 236 or 264, or register online at www.charleston

Charleston Summer Classic I & II

Get double the fun at the Charleston Summer Classic. This hunter-jumper horse show hosted by the Classic Company is celebrating its 20th anniversary at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, 2662 Mullet Hall Road on Johns Island. Part I, which began Wednesday, continues through Sunday. And Part II runs Tuesday-July 21. The event is open to spectators. Events are ongoing throughout the day, and you can find out more details at or by calling 768-5503.

Music on the Green

Hitting the stage for the second time this year, PlaneJane is sure to impress. An area favorite, the seven-piece cover band performs disco songs and rock ’n’ roll favorites from every era. Part of an outdoor concert series sponsored by the town of Kiawah, this Friday performance kicks off at 6 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, and guests are encouraged to bring blankets or beach chairs. The show is free and is held at Freshfields Village on Johns Island between Kiawah and Seabrook islands. Go to or

VW Drag Night

This fourth annual event is all about the bug, the VW Bug to be exact. Things kick off Friday with a “Cruise In.” Meeting up at 4 p.m. from home base La Quinta Inn Riverview, 11 Ashley Point Drive next to California Dreaming, the Beetle caravan heads to Freshfields Village on Kiawah Island for Plane Jane’s Music on the Green performance. The fun continues Saturday at the Orangeburg Drag Strip in Neeses with a full day of racing, car shows, a late-night hot dog party and more. For pricing and more details on both events, go to

South Carolina’s Got Talent

Do you dream of getting up in front of an audience and showing what you have to offer? Or are you the type to sit back and enjoy the show? Either way, this talent competition is sure to be right up your alley. With past acts including young designers, musicians, stylists, models and dancers, you’re likely to see a little of everything. This fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation also will feature a fashion showcase by Eclectic Crave Clothing. Held 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the Ferndale Community Center, 1925 Iron St., North Charleston, tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Walk the pink carpet starting at 3 p.m. Call 367-7696 or go to

Scavenger Hunt

Ready. Set. Search! The Medical Outreach Clinic of Summerville is hosting a benefit scavenger hunt Saturday. Round up the family and work your way around town as you hunt for special items and compete for prizes. Wear your competition best and your team could win the spirit award. Held to benefit Medical Outreach, team tickets are $30 in advance, $40 the day of; individual tickets are $9 in advance, $10 the day of. Advance tickets can be purchased at Guerin’s Pharmacy on The Square in Summerville. Registration for the Hunt for Healing is 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 316 W. Carolina Ave. Call 261-1120.